What is the real cost of a James Bond car?

James Bond is such a household name that it hardly needs an introduction: the extremely successful and lucrative film franchise features 26 films spanning over six decades. There have been seven James Bonds in that time, including actors such as Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. The films are based on Ian Fleming’s series of books, the first of which was written in 1953.

The latest film in the James Bond franchise No Time to Die will be released in cinemas on the 12th November this year, so what better time to look back at the iconic cars featured in the franchise? We wanted to know what it would cost to buy a Bond car today, either as it comes or including Q’s add-ons, from 30-calibre machine guns to retractable metal skis. For this, we teamed up with weapons expert James Crawford, CEO of Threat Tec to determine the cost of various Bond cars’ high-tech weapons and gadgets.

What Would Bond Cars Cost With All Of Q’s Extras?

This one is for all of you who awed at Q’s Bond-car gadgets and weapons. Weapons expert, James Crawford from Threat Tec, has estimated how much each item would’ve cost, and we’ve added that to the cost of the car in 2020 to create a grand total for each. The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish tops the list at just under £4 million.

  1. 2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish  Die Another Day £3,970,400
  2. Aston Martin DB10 Spectre £3,697,340
  3. Aston Martin DB5 Various  £792,334
  4. 1997 BMW 750iL Tomorrow Never Dies  £812,074
  5. BMW Z8 The World is Not Enough  £493,560
  6. 1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante  The Living Daylights  £365,734
  7. 1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre  From Russia With Love  £326,170
  8. 2008 Aston Martin DBS V12  Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace  £284,680
  9. 1976 Lotus Esprit S1  The Spy Who Loved Me  £274,782
  10. Aston Martin DBS  On Her Majesty’s Secret Service   £167,300
  11. BMW Z3  GoldenEye   £112,347
  12. 1980 Lotus Turbo Esprit  For Your Eyes Only   £35,760

2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

Die Another Day

Car cost in 2020: £70,400
Cost of technology & weapons: £3,900,000
Grand total: £3,970,400
Technology & weapons: rockets, shotguns, machine guns, target-seeking shotguns, adaptive camouflage, rocket fired ejector, remote control keyring, retractable tyre spikes, radial thermal imaging
The Aston Martin Vanquish is officially the most expensive Bond car of all time. In fact, some of Q’s technology in this vehicle is so impressive that nothing even remotely similar exists yet. Our weapons expert has estimated that the adaptive camouflage that allows this car to become invisible would cost millions if it were ever brought to market.

Aston Martin DB10

Spectre

Car cost in 2020: £3,500,000
Cost of technology & weapons: £197,340
Grand total: £3,697,340
Technology & weapons: flame throwers, machine guns, driver ejector seat, body armour
Only ten of the Aston Martin DB10 were ever made, so they’re not available commercially. One of the show cars was sold at auction for £3.5 million in 2016, so technically this is the most expensive Bond car ever sold.

Aston Martin DB5

Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Spectre

Car cost in 2020: £640,000
Cost of technology & weapons: £152,334
Grand total: £792,334
Technology & weapons: 30 calibre machine guns, tyre-shredding blade, oil/smoke/water emitters, miniguns, bulletproof panels, rotating license plates, tracer-receiving console, radio/CD player that acts as a communication device, colour printer

1997 BMW 750iL

Tomorrow Never Dies
Car cost in 2020: £3,957
Cost of technology & weapons: £630,317
Grand total:
£634,292
Technology & weapons: mobile phone remote steering, fingerprint-protected space, electric shock security system, rockets, tear gas emitters, re-inflating tyres, cable-cutting device

BMW Z8

The World is Not Enough

Car cost in 2020: £180,000
Cost of technology & weapons: £313,560
Grand total: £493,560
Technology & weapons: missiles, remote-controlled key chain

1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

The Living Daylights

Car cost in 2020: £190,000
Cost of technology & weapons: £175,734
Grand total: £365,734
Technology & weapons: retractable metal skis, missiles, display projection onto windshield, mounted laser-cutter emitters, self-destruct mechanism, spiked tyres, rocket propulsion, radio scanner, reinforced chassis

1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre

From Russia with Love

Car cost in 2020: £325,000
Cost of technology & weapons: £1,170
Grand total: £326,170
Technology & weapons: car phone on the dashboard

2008 Aston Martin DBS V12

Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace

Car cost in 2020: £280,000
Cost of technology & weapons: £4,680
Grand total: £284,680
Technology & weapons: field medical kit with defibrillator pads

1976 Lotus Esprit S1

The Spy Who Loved Me

Car cost in 2020: £23,700
Cost of technology & weapons: £251,082
Grand total: £274,782
Technology & weapons: submersible mode, missiles, cement sprayer, mines, torpedoes, wheel arches that turn into fins, periscope on roof, sprayed black dye

Aston Martin DBS

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Car cost in 2020: £6,900
Cost of technology & weapons: £70,200
Grand total: £167,300
Technology & weapons: hiding place for a sniper rifle in glove compartment

BMW Z3

GoldenEye

Car cost in 2020: £6,900
Cost of technology & weapons: £105,447
Grand total: £112,347
Technology & weapons: stinger missiles, emergency parachute braking system, self-destruct system, all points radio system

1980 Lotus Turbo Esprit

For Your Eyes Only

Car cost in 2020: £26,400
Cost of technology & weapons: £9,360
Grand total: £35,760
Technology & weapons: self-destruct mechanism

The Most Expensive Bond Car Weapons

We’ve looked at which cars had the most expensive Q add-ons. Due to its invisibility technology, the 2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish from Die Another Day takes the top spot, followed closely by the 1997 BMW 750iL from Tomorrow Never Dies. The invisible Aston had microscopic cameras which would reflect what the opposite side of the vehicle could see, providing it with its own invisibility cloak. Q’s edition of the BMW 750iL featured a security system which would tear-gas and electric shock anyone except 007, 12 rockets, a fingerprint safe and caltrop emitters. Bond could also control the car remotely via his phone, so it’s no wonder this car has the second most expensive tech.

The Most Expensive Q Weapons And Technology

2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish – Die Another Day £3,900,00
1997 BMW 760iL – Tomorrow Never Dies £630,317
BMW Z8 – The World is Not Enough £313,560
1976 Lotus Esprit S1 –The Spy Who Loved Me £251,082
Aston Martin DB10 – Spectre £197,340
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante – The Living Daylights £175,734
Aston Martin DB5 – Various £152,334
BMW Z3 – GoldenEye £105,447
Aston Martin DBS – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service £70,200
1980 Lotus Turbo Esprit – For Your Eyes Only £9,360
2008 Aston Martin DBS V12 – Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace £4,680
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre – From Russia With Love £1,170

Real-Life Bond Cars

For those of you who love Bond cars but don’t fancy the missiles and ejector seats, we’ve also researched the cost of real Bond cars you can actually find on the market. The most expensive is the 1967 Toyota 2000GT from You Only Live Twice at an eye-watering £680,000. At the other extreme, the most affordable Bond cars include the 1983 Ford LTD from A View to Kill and the 2006 Ford Mondeo Concept from Casino Royale both priced at around just £2,600 – what a bargain!

You may notice the Aston Martin DB10 is missing from this list. Only 10 of the DB10 were ever made, 8 of which were used to shoot the movie Casino Royale and the other 2 are show cars. Although Aston Martin did sell one of the show cars at auction in 2016 for £3.5 million, they’ve insisted the other is not for sale. So, as you can’t purchase this car, we’ve left it out of our round-up.

Bond Cars You Can Actually Buy In 2020: From Big-Ticket Bond To Budget Bond

1967 Toyota 2000GT – You Only Live Twice £680,000
Aston Martin DB5 – Various £640,000
1937 Bentley 4.5 Litre – Never Say Never Again £620,000
1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre – From Russia With Love £325,000
2008 Aston Martin DBS V12 – Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace £280,000
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante – The Living Daylights £190,000
BMW Z8 – The World is Not Enough £180,000
Sunbeam Alpine Roadster – Dr No £116,000
Aston Martin DBS – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service £97,100
1980 Range Rover Convertible ‘Rapport Huntsman – Octopussy £95,000
2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish – Die Another Day £70,400
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air – Dr No £70,000
1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner – Die Another Day £42,700
1986 Audi 200 Quattro – The Living Daylights £40,000
1965 Lincoln Continental – Thunderball £38,300
1963 Chevrolet Impala Convertible – Live and Let Die £26,550
1980 Lotus Turbo Esprit – For Your Eyes Only £26,400
1976 Lotus Esprit S1 – The Spy Who Loved Me £23,700
1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6 Quadrifoglio – Octopussy £20,100
1970 Triumph Stag – Diamonds Are Forever £19,600
2011 Jaguar XJSkyfall £17,995
1989 Ford Bronco II XLT – Quantum of Solace £17,700
1986 Audi 200 Quattro Avant – The Living Daylights £16,500
1972 Leyland Mini Moke – Live and Let Die £14,500
2008 Range Rover Sport – Quantum of Solace £13,895
1968 Mercedes Benz 250SE – Octopussy £12,900
1983 Renault 11 TXE – A View to a Kill £11,300
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback – Diamonds Are Forever £11,100
2010 Mercedes-Benz S300 – Skyfall £9,994
2002 Ford Thunderbird – Die Another Day £8,450
1987 Lincoln Mark VII LSC – License to Kill £7,200
2005 Range Rover Sport – Casino Royale £7,200
1986 Lada Niva – The World is Not Enough £7,000
2008 Volvo S40 – Quantum of Solace £6,930
BMW Z3 – GoldenEye £6,900
AMC Hornet – The Man with the Golden Gun £5,600
1981 Citroen 2CV – For Your Eyes Only £5,500
1971 Ford Galaxie 500 – Diamonds Are Forever £5,325
2008 Ford Edge SEL – Quantum of Solace £5,225
1997 BMW 750iL – Tomorrow Never Dies £3,995
2006 Ford Mondeo Concept – Casino Royale £2,600
1983 Ford LTD – A View to Kill £2,595

Bond Car Popularity

We’ve also scoured Google and Instagram data to determine which car garners the most interest, searches and photos in order to determine which car is the most desired by the general public. It’s no surprise the Aston Martin DB5 is the most Googled Bond car, as the vehicle features in six Bond films- Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall, and Spectre.

The Top 10 Most Googled Bond Cars
Searches per year in UK
Aston Martin DB5 – Various 87,600
BMW Z3 – GoldenEye 73,200
Aston Martin DBS – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 52,800
BMW Z8 – The World is Not Enough 36,000
AMC Hornet – The Man with the Golden Gun 4,200

The Top 5 Most Instagrammed Bond Cars
No. of photos
BMW Z3 – GoldenEye 68,440
BMW Z8 – The World is Not Enough 40,819
Aston Martin DBS – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 23,863
Aston Martin DB5 – Various 19,869
AMC Hornet – The Man with the Golden Gun 6,699

Sources
The Bond cars used in the research were determined by what is listed on the James Bond Wiki
All weapons, gadgets and tech estimations were made by James Crawford from ThreatTec. Where items that haven’t been invented yet were present, his expert opinion was used.
Current sale costs were based on research from Haggerty and James Bond Lifestyle